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The Giants might be willing to trade one of their pass rushers. Should the Patriots be interested?

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – OCTOBER 11: Owamagbe Odighizuwa #58 of the New York Giants motions to the fans during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium on October 11, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots pass rush has been weak this preseason due to all of the roster changes. Rob Ninkovich retired. Chris Long and Jabaal Sheard left in free agency. Rookies Derek Rivers and Deatrich Wise have been dealing with injuries. Trey Flowers hasn’t suited up. Even hybrid linebackers like Dont’a Hightower and Shea McClellin haven’t been playing.

There is simply not enough healthy talent at the position.

But despite this apparent weakness on the roster, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has stated that he is not looking to add another pass rusher to the roster. We’re not Belichick, though, and our friends over at our New York Giants site Big Blue View think one of their pass rushers might be available for a trade– and I think he’d be an awesome fit.

BBV’s Chris Pflum writes that former 2015 third round selection Owamagbe Odighizuwa could be available for pennies and that’s why I’m interested.

“Odighizuwa has missed time with injuries of his own and has yet to produce anything like a third round pick, but unlike our other potential trade targets, is a bona fide athletic freak,” Pflum explains. “Odighizuwa is also young and still has two years left on his rookie contract…In light of the injury to rookie Derek Rivers, and their plan for the 2017 off-season, the New England Patriots might be another potential trade partner. The Patriots have been bold about trading for players this year, and Belichick has a long history of getting production out of players who have floundered on other teams. Likewise, Odighizuwa’s athletic ability and experience in both 3-4 and 4-3 defenses might appeal to Belichick.”

There’s a lot to break down here. Odighizuwa matriculated from UCLA where he was a part of their hybrid 3-4 defensive front, which could make a transition to New England a little more seamless. At 6’3, 267 pounds, he meets all of the team’s athletic requirements for the position, too.

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While wide receiver Devin Lucien’s rookie season was spent on the practice squad in Foxborough, there’s reason to wonder where the 2016 seventh-round pick will spend his second.

Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Malcolm Mitchell wasn’t the only wide receiver drafted by the New England Patriots a year ago.

It will be up to Devin Lucien to remind the organization of that as training camp begins Thursday.

At this juncture, it’d be easy to forget New England’s war room selected Lucien three rounds and 113 spots after Mitchell last spring. It’d be easy to call the late-bloomer by way of UCLA and Arizona State as much of an afterthought then as he is now.

In a nine-man Patriots draft class, Lucien was the ninth man. On a 90-man roster, he was the lesser-discussed Sun Devil behind undrafted running back D.J. Foster.

Lucien cannot afford to stay out of the discussion this summer. There’s little room for anonymity on a wideout depth chart headlined by Mitchell, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and trade acquisition Brandin Cooks. There may be no room at all.

If the 24-year-old hangs around for 2017, it’ll likely take a rise out of nowhere.

Though for Lucien, it wouldn’t be the first time.

After catching just 58 passes for 752 yards and four touchdowns through four years at UCLA, the Pac-12 veteran went on to reel in 66 passes for 1,075 yards and eight touchdowns as an Arizona State graduate transfer in 2015.

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UCLA football picked up a big commitment for its 2017 recruiting class as blue-chip defensive tackle recruit Greg Rogers committed to the Bruins on Monday afternoon.

Coming off a rough weekend, cialis  UCLA Football needed some good news, store which it received on Monday afternoon when 4-star defensive tackle and longtime priority recruit Greg Rogers (Las Vegas, NV/Arbor View) committed to UCLA in a slickly-produced Bleacher Report video.

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UCLA Football will host Fresno State at the Rose Bowl on Sept. 14, 2024, both schools announced today.

Fresno State is also on UCLA’s schedule in 2018 (Sept. 15) and 2021 (Sept. 18), with both games also taking place at the Rose Bowl. UCLA leads the all-time series with Fresno State, 6-2, and is 4-1 against the Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl.

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It was a beautiful spring morning on campus today. The sun was shining. It was you would expect from a perfect day during Spring quarter.

What made it more perfect was that football was being played.

Spring practice is a time for learning and there was a lot of learning going on. While the talking points might say that UCLA doesn’t have a new system, the approach of the coaching staff appears to be very instructive as there do seem to be a lot of changes to the Bruins’ offensive and defensive systems..

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